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As a participant in the Liver Life Walk, we're helping to move forward in the fight against liver disease and we need your help. Tod will be walking in this year's liver walk, and Sally may be there. She has been fighting shingles and has had numerous hospitalizations at the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013. She's getting stronger every day, and certainly will be at the Liver Walk in spirit if not in person. Here is our story:
When Two Can Share One
Who knew that April 12th, 1980 would be such an important date in my life. Yes, it was the day I married Tod, my college sweetheart. But little did I know I was marrying the man who years later would save my life.
It was the year 2001, September 11th to be exact. That date is significant for many people. For me, it holds the memory of sitting in a waiting room full of numb people, blankly watching the television screen as a second plane flew into the remaining twin tower in New York City. When the nurse called my name, I was off to get a diagnostic ultra sound for a possible liver problem. Two weeks later came the diagnosis: Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. My GI doctor told me I had a life shortening liver disease for which there was no cure. The only course of action would be a liver transplant in 5-7 years. How could this be?? I was an active, healthy 43 year-old mother of two who had a wonderful job in pediatrics, and still had way too many things to do in life!
In the background of my daily life activities was the reality that my liver was slowly shutting down. I had regular doctor visits, was taking recommended medications, and was dealing with the ever increasing symptoms of liver disease. Then one day I came home from an appointment with the liver specialist at Mayo Clinic and told Tod that the doctor had said it was time: we had to do something. My liver had enlarged so much that my abdomen was quite distended and I looked 8 months pregnant. The variety of other problems had similarly accelerated to the point where we could not wait any longer. The typical process for transplant is going on a list and waiting for a deceased donor, which can take years. But my doctor had discussed the option of using a living donor whereby someone would donate part of their liver to me, and both livers would regenerate. As I shared this latest idea with my husband, he didn't even bat an eye before he said, "I want to do that".
In March of 2008, my husband of 28 years and I began the work up for doing a living donor liver transplant. Tod was a match, and we could schedule surgery within 4-6 weeks!
On the day of our surgeries, the waiting room was full of people who endured the 12- hour wait. They had regular communication with the staff who told them each step of Tod's surgery first to remove the right lobe of his liver. After this was complete, then began the removal of my diseased liver and replacing it with Tod's.
We have a huge network of friends who were praying for us, and the sense of peace and security that provided is almost indescribable. I hope that my husband and I have modeled the meaning of faith, true love and the support that a strong relationship can mean to any couple.
At our wedding, a friend of ours sang a song entitled "Rainbow", and the words of the chorus take on a whole new meaning now 33 years later:
"A rainbow makes a promise that life is here to stay; Promise means there's more to life than what we know today.I can share tomorrow, if there's one to pledge it to. I'd like to be a rainbow and promise life to you."
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Thank you for supporting the Liver Life Walk Phoenix 2013 on April 13, 2013!
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